BAAPS Announces formal review of buttock fat grafting

Following a debate of world leading experts, The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) announced on October 11 its decision to launch a formal review of emerging new evidence into the safety and techniques used for fat-grafting buttock augmentation.

This comes after a debate and series of votes among participating member surgeons at the BAAPS Annual Scientific Meeting. At last year’s conference, BAAPS recommended its members did not perform fat grafting to the buttocks until more data could be collated.

At at the meeting last week, evidence and perspectives were presented by some of the world’s foremost leaders in this specialist field. Members heard emerging evidence with respect to safety and techniques of buttock fat grafting.

Following the ensuing debate BAAPS is now in a position to undertake a formal review that will include a survey of each of its members and examine emerging, peer-reviewed published evidence.

The BAAPS current position remains to advise members not to undertake buttock fat grafting procedures until the formal review is completed. Commonly, the BBL procedure involves moving body fat from one part of the body and injecting it in the buttocks in order to change the shape of the buttocks.

The injection of fat into a highly intricate process which carries the risk of fatty tissue being drawn into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream the fat can become an embolus passing into the lungs and resulting in death.
Paul Harris, President, BAAPS, comments “As an organisation dedicated to advancing safety, innovation and excellence in aesthetic plastic surgery, we have a commitment to our patients, to deliver the most up to date knowledge and research which safeguards not only our patient’s safety.

“Anyone thinking of having a fat-graft buttock augmentation should await the emergence of further, evidence and BAAPS will be working hard to provide the public with information to help them with informed consent about this procedure. Around the world there are still patient deaths as a result of this procedures and patient safety should not be compromised.”